old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

Definition of olden

: of or relating to a bygone era

Examples of olden in a Sentence

What was life like in the olden days?
Recent Examples on the Web Back in olden times, the detailed paper manuals contained tips and diagrams, and sometimes even added backstory to the game. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 July 2022 In olden times, the only human pastimes were A) reading books and B) staring at the sky and wondering if a cloud looked like a cow or a duck. Jason Gay, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 The Cesar salad is served tableside in a throwback to the olden, golden days. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Prefer learning about the, ahem, saucier side of olden times? Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 De Angeli’s light use of olden-day language is lilting and skillful, giving color and depth to the tale. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 20 June 2021 Think of it like battle orders delivered in olden times. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 18 June 2021 That’s changed over the last decade or so, but this 1940s property in Hither Hills is an authentic, and aesthetically wonderful, reminder of its olden days. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 The vast quantity of fruit produced in Greece proved overwhelming in olden times, when trade was slow or nonexistent. John Malathronas, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of olden

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Olden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olden. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

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: of an earlier period

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